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Feb 20, 2011 10:00am EST
president of the u.n. foundation, united nations foundation. also, he is a former senator from palo alto, a great environmentalist. lots to talk about. sit tight. on the other side, we will learn a little bit about the history of the u.n. foundation and how it came into being. sit tight. "this is america." "this is america" -- brought to you by -- hyndai motor company -- the national education association, he the nation's largest advocate for children and public education. the league of arab states, representing 350 million people in 22 member countries. hithe rotondaro family trust, te ctc foundation, and the american life tv network. >> i always kind of paraphrase it as if a person comes down from outer space, you have to be the went to tell them exactly .hat the u.n. foundation is i or you have to go in for the sixth grade class until the but how do you explain it? >> most people know what the u.n. is that it is the indispensable institution that brings people from all over the country together to solve the world's toughest problems. things do not end up at the u.n. that they can get
Feb 26, 2011 12:30am PST
sanctions on libya. while the u.n. security council considers further measures. armed yourselves and fight for me, muammar qaddafi's message in tripoli. but qaddafi's opponents face protest until they're stopped in a hail of bullets. welcome to "bbc world news," broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. coming up later for you, on the coast of civil war, thousands of clashes between rival forces. as the recovery operation continues in new zealand, that submerged people from more than 20 countries died in the earthquake. in the past few hours the united states has imposed sanctions on libya, while the united nations is considering further action in response to the bloodshed in the country. president obama said the sanctions would target the assets of colonel qaddafi, members of his family and the libyan government while at the same time protect the interest of the libyan people. britain and france have drafted the u.n. security council resolution, which calls for an arms embargo as well as multilateral sanctions. earlier i spoke to our correspondent in new york.
Feb 28, 2011 5:00am EST
in tripoli. the u.n. human rights collection -- coalition is urging the international committee to remain vigilant. they may discuss what further measures can be taken. here is the report. >> the opposition to the role of gaddafi continues to spread. this is 50 kilometers from tripoli and surrounded by pro- government forces. inside, the people have rejected the current leadership. [no audio [unintelligible] the people here say government forces shot many protesters. one local medic says they need more doctors to treat the wounded. to show how precarious their hold is, a few kilometers down the road, supporters of gaddafi have their own rally. we do not know where their real allegiance lies. >> libya and means leaving -- living without the colonel. >> what is happening is a popular revolution against a dictator that has led libya with a blood thirsty soul. now we announce to the world that we intended to build a democratic nation with institutions that respect international obligations entreaties'. >> before they can do that, the humanitarian crisis that has gripped libya must be taken in
Feb 9, 2011 10:00am EST
into the u.n. equalization fund. this is not about the u.n. finally doing the right thing by paying for security upgrades at its headquarters in new york, the u.n. is not paying for anything. after years of avoiding its responsibilities, the u.n., with the support of the obama administration, is asking the american taxpayer to bail them out once again and pay 100% of the proposed construction costs. to make matters worse, allowing the u.n. to take $100 million of the refund owed to u.s. taxpayers would be an increase for the u.n. budget. this youcut not only ensures that u.s. taxpayers receive the funds owed to the u.s. treasury, but it prevents a $100 million increase for the u.n. the u.n. doesn't want the american people to know this, so the u.n. and the state department are now stating that they should allow this increase because it is for security upgrades. this is not about security, this is the u.n. and the obama administration looking for another excuse to avoid making the difficult choices and requiring accountability from the united nations. this is not like u.s. embassy co
Feb 4, 2011 5:00pm EST
complication of the u.n. security counsel." >> that was because of the downsize that it might expose divisions rather than resolve them. excuse me. i feel with the benefit of hindsight things it was worth attempting the second resolution, and we were basically close in my judgment to get the magic nine dates, but it didn't happen. it was a concern. that said, the secretary powell were very interested in building support for the second resolution, and there are records you would have seen where you report that. >> thank you. >> i think, robert, over to you now. >> just one very short question, a quick question on the statement. we had a long discussion of this last year that we don't need to repeat, but since then there's been pieces of evidence. you may or may not wish to comment on them. i'd like to just cite three of them. there were others in this sense. one is that greenstalke confirming what he said in a telegram when asked when was -- whether it was the agreed line to cast a heavy line on the french and rather he was acting on instructions to do this, said he was acting on instructions.
Feb 23, 2011 7:00pm PST
hillary clinton to a meeting of the u.n. human rights council in geneva on monday to discuss the developments in libya. >>> british prime minister david cameron has also strongly denounced the libyan government. cameron made the remark wednesday during a visit to qatar. >> what is happening in libya is completely unacceptable. would i like us to go further and have a full you nations security council resolution? yes, i would. i think that would be good. >> cameron says he would like to see the u.n. resolution send a clear warning to colonel gadhafi and the libyan armed forces that what they are doing is wrong. >>> as violence continues to flare up in libya, european nations are taking measures to evacuate thousands of their citizens from the country. the european commission estimates there are about 10,000 eu citizens in libya. member governments are coordinating efforts to speed up the evacuation. >> the preparation of the evacuation have started with the member states, and the commission stands ready to support member states through the moppering and information centers so-
Feb 9, 2011 1:00pm EST
instructed the u.n. to keep and spend $100 million that was payable to the united states? two, when did they do it? and three, on what basis did they make that decision? after three months of repeatedly asking for the detailed plans and the cost and the estimates, we have received only, again, a single piece of cursory figures. this is it. the u.n. should give u.s. taxpayers back the $179 million that we overpaid. plain and simple. if the state department gave most of that away to the u.n. in some backroom deal, then we will make sure we can recoup these funds from the department. with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from california. mr. berman: i'm very pleased to yield three minutes to mr. king of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for three minutes. mr. king: madam speaker, i thank the gentleman for yielding and i rise in opposition to this legislation and i say that as one who has voted continually for reform at the u.n., has been
Feb 25, 2011 7:00pm PST
killing dozens. killing dozens. >> the u.n. and ngos are making plans for the arrival and exodus of refugees in the border area near libya should the situation worsen. the u.n. high commissioner for refugees will begin to airlift tents and relief supplies to the region this weekend. >>> japan's prime minister naoto kan has condemned the libyan government for causing many deaths and injuries in attacks against protesters. kan told a meeting of cabinet ministers on friday that the situation in the middle east is very tense. kan added that he hopes libya will carry out reforms in a peaceful manner and succeed in establishing a stable government. he told the ministers to coordinate appropriate response to the situation in the oil-producing region as the instability could have a major impact on the japanese economy. foreign minister maehara told the meeting there are about 50 japanese citizens in the libyan capital of tripoli. he said half of them want to leave the country. and they're expected to depart aboard charter flights or ships. >>> the new york-based human rights watch has be
Feb 25, 2011 5:30pm PST
.s., the white house turned up pressure on libya today and there was an extraordinary scene at the u.n. late today. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, watching it all from our washington newsroom tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as soon as american diplomats and civilians were safely out of libya, the white house announced it will impose sanctions on moammar gadhafi and declared he has zero legitimacy after attacking his own people. galvanized by the blood shed, the u.n. security council heard a dramatic plea for help from libya's ambassador. >> please, united nations, save libya. not blood shed, not killing of innocents. >> reporter: it was a rare display of emotion for the u.n. as his fellow ambassadors got up to embrace the libyan diplomat and the u.n. secretary general called for a broad range of sanctions against gadhafi's government. in geneva, the u.n. human rights council applauded the diplomats as they defected to the opposition. the council voted today to investigate libya for human rights abuses and called for libya's suspen
Feb 25, 2011 5:00am EST
in new zealand continue to scour the rubble looking for earthquake survivors. >> the u.n. human right's council has been urged to use all means possible to stop muammar gaddafi's crackdown on protests in libya. the call came from the u.n. human rights commissioner. as the fighting continues across the country, colonel gaddafi has order cash handouts for every family in libya as he tries to cling on to power. later, the united nations security council will discuss possible sanctions including an armed embargo. in tripoli, protesters are being urged to take to the streets after friday prayers as they are in other parts of the arab world. let's get more now from david. >>>> the sound of heavy gunfire rings out in the streets. videos have been supplied by opposition groups apparently shows violent clashes breaking out. it is climbed these scenes were filmed on monday. they are said to be in the hands of the opposition. in a telephone interview on state television, colonel gaddafi blamed al qaeda for libya's uprising. further demonstrations followed. >> my people are dying in here because
Feb 25, 2011 7:00am EST
the u.n. security council to discuss possible sanctions and an arms embargo. libyan leader colonel khadafy is still trying to win over the protesters -- offering them cash handouts and wages. hello, i am here in london -- >> welcome, i am here in london. also in the program -- footage of a terrifying moment to the massive earthquake hit christchurch, new zealand. how people living near the epicenter are coping. and it -- ♪ miami's new auditorium for young, talented musicians. >> it is 12:00 in london and 2:00 in cairo and cities across the arab world. friday is the muslim day of prayer but in recent months it has become a day of protest. a day of rage, as it has been called. today as well and the libyan capital where protesters are expected to gather on what is known as green square. to go out on the streets is to risk a dangerous confrontation with the forces that are still standing behind a colonel muammar gaddafi. in the east of the country, largely under the control of forces aligned against the colonel. in cities like bangkok as a, this is the scene now, live pictures -- in
Feb 26, 2011 11:00pm PST
for three hours. a bus bridge was provided for commuters. >>> the u.n. takes action against libyan leader gadhafi tonight. president obama aimed his strongest words yet at the libyan leader. >> actor charlie sheen defends the recent radio rant that led cbs to pull the plug on his popular sitcom, and we tell you >> all new oprah: the day after hollywood's biggest night we're taking over oscar's stage! ((oprah)) hooray for hollywood! it's our ultimate after oscar party from the kodak theatre in los angeles! from the kodak theatre in los angeles! withthththththththththththththth ♪ going to the bank without going to the bank... that's a step forward. with chase quickdeposit on your smartphone, you just snap a picture, hit send and done. chase quickdeposit. take a step forward and ♪ we just keep ons.e jun keepin' on ♪ ♪ keep on >> closed captioning brought to >> closed captioning brought to >> alan: u.n. security council voted to sanction libyan leader moammar gadhafi and his family for his brutal attacks on antigovernment protesters. >> reporter: the u.n. security council voted unanim
Feb 28, 2011 2:30pm PST
countries. all of this comes on top of u.n. and american sanctions. >> colonel gaddafi and those around him must be held accountable for his acts, which violence legal obligations and common decency. -- which violates legal obligations and common decency. they have lost their ability to govern and the people of libya have made themselves clear, it is time for gaddafi to go. >> most of the international pressure is now focused on naming those accused of human- rights abuses. this is the united nations' list of those closest to colonel gaddafi, now prohibited from traveling abroad. families are also been targeted by having the biggest assets frozen -- frozen. a clear message, desert quaddafi's before it is too late. >> it will make the generals think twice before shooting protesters in libya and before committing war crimes against the libyan people. this will be the main effect. >> libya remains a divided nation, with some areas now fully in the hands of opposition, including much of the east of the country. libya and's second biggest city, ben ghazi, is where -- was the first city to fall.
Feb 25, 2011 5:00am EST
muammar gaddafi could come today. diplomats are meeting behind closed doors at the u.n. to stop the violence. kate amara joins us live from the washington bureau with more. >> good morning. world leaders and the u.n. will try to put more pressure on muammar gaddafi today. the united nations security council meets today to consider action including sanctions against gaddafi's regime. as it continues a violent crackdown on antigovernment protesters. >> we are discussing a full range of options with our partners at the u.n. and elsewhere. >> barack obama spoke with leaders to coordinate a response. the white house says a military option has not been ruled out. >> i won't get into specific options that are under consideration or not. >> as forces loyal to gaddafi try to roll back the uprising rebels have gained ground. in a phone call gaddafi blamed osama bin laden. >> bin laden tell you what to do. >> evacuations of foreign nationals continues. military cargo planes flew 400 turks home this morning. chinese workers made it to crete but high winds and rough seas have stranded hundr
Feb 2, 2011 11:00pm EST
of 2002 to go down the u.n. route, which could easily -- that was my hope and everybody else has come easily have resulted in a full compliance by saddam hussein with these u.n. obligations at which point our involvement in the any military involvement would've been impossible. >> i like to come unto the u.n. route in a minute. what mr. blair said to us on the 21st of january was that this thing was going down a track to regime change. do you recollect these exchanges and this note and what he said to the president on the third of december is arguing for a strategy of regime change, arguing for building of a strategy, working towards regime change in iraq? >> i didn't see the british prime minister on his fourth regime change. that was not. >> the way to write a note about it? >> he give you evidence. you have to ask him that question. but what i've tried to do is to describe the context if i thought it and which he was talking to president bush. and as i've said, if there had been some means by which saddam could have been replaced by a democratic card without military action, so muc
Feb 26, 2011 12:00pm EST
now to step down. but he remains defiandefiant. the u.n. estimates that more than 1,000 people have been killed all across libya in the past week alone. >>> the united nations security council is meeting in new york to consider new sanctions against libya. senior united nations correspondent richard roth is at the u.n. headquarters. so what sanctions is the u.s. considering? >> reporter: well, here at the u.n. -- >> or the u.n., sorry. >> u.s. is a permanent member of the security council, they're considering travel ban on libyan authorities, asset freezes and arms embargo. similar sanctions to those imposed many years ago when libya refused to turn over suspects in the locker by pan am bombing. we've been told by many diplo t diploma diplomats, broad agreement. there would be days or weeks for dead lock when you're talking about resolution, the hypest level of u.n. action at the security council including a referral of libyan authorities to the international criminal court. always a touchy issue for many members of the security council. the british ambassador among others says thi
Feb 26, 2011 10:00pm EST
and the people united behind the regime. time will tell if the rest of the world isn't waiting. >> u.n. security council approved a draft resolution for sanctions against gadhafi's government. u.s. president barack obama said gadhafi lost the right to lead libya and needs to stand down. >> gadhafi stood his ground vowing to stay in power by force if necessary. armed mercenaries gunned down countless demonstrators. the u.n. believes more than 1,000 people have died. >> much of the country is not under gadhafi's control and a former justice minister is a key opposition leader to lead an interim government. >> and cnn senior international correspondent nic robertson is in tripoli where it's sunday morning. the opposition picked a leader. is there a real sense that anyone is in charge? >> reporter: there's certainly a sense here in tripoli that they're talking about talking with the opposition and when i asked what you said so far? they have agreed on one point and that is that libya should just be one country. that it shouldn't be divided but we have also heard that the opposition has said that the
Feb 9, 2011 12:30am PST
in egypt, earlier i spoke to ourin' correspondent barbara pled and asked her how the u.n. was developing its policy towards the situation. >> well, i think it's a dilemma here for many people at the u.n., especially western nations because on the one hand they want to recognize that change is happening in egypt, which, of course, is being led by protesters who were demanding an end to the old order but on the other hand, they want to preserve egypt's strategic position when it comes to bing a staunch ally of the west and also a staunch ally of the israel. the secretary-general ban ki-moon expressed this sentiment well when he spoke to journalists earlier. >> egypt is one of the very important 0 countries. they have been playing a very important role in the middle east peace process. president mubarak himself has been praying a cure-all in this process, and, therefore, i would urge that the egyptian government leaders and people discuss their reform measures and transitions according to their own rules and regulations and political suggestions. at the same time all very strategic role, wh
Feb 26, 2011 5:00pm PST
. here in the bay area demonstrators gathered at the u.n. plaza in san francisco. we'll have the latest. >>> the close call a pilot had today after his plane crashed just after taking off from the palo alto airport. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. snow fell in parts of the bay area today, but nothing like the forecast called for. well, now the temperatures are headed down again. we have team coverage on this cold snap. kimberly terry tells us house nurseries are preparing for all this. but we check in first with rob mayeda. >> record-breaking temperatures early this morning. 20s out in san rafael, 28 degrees, napa 27, 34 in oakland and 35 at sfo airport. it was around twin peaks in san francisco we had the dusting of snow overnight. even around san jose, early in the morning, but mainly just some rain. but notice what happened during the day today. we had pretty intense showers rolling through. morgan hill and san martin. brent canon reporting showers near morgan hill this afternoon, and snow falling in hollister and gilroy. we'll share that later i
Feb 21, 2011 5:30pm PST
an appeal to the international community for help. specifically, he asked the u.n. security council to exercise its right to protect libyan civilians, its right to intervene in the situation to try to protect the people there. he did say that request has not been officially made yet. he was bringing it to the press first, but if that request goes through, it will be interesting to see how the security council responds. this is what he had to say specifically about what he wanted. >> we want to the ability to do several slayings. the first thing is to impose a no-fly zone of all of the cities -- we want the ability to do several things. the second thing is to establish safe passage from the borders of tunisia and egypt so the medical supplies will arrive to tripoli and other cities. >> what is not at all clear is what the security council or the u.n. as a whole actually can do about this. >> mike, in actual fact, they do, in theory, have the power to do quite a lot. they can do sanctions, imposed a no-fly zone, intervene militarily if they want to. -- impose a no-fly zone. to do this
Feb 25, 2011 6:00pm PST
taken over. the former president is refusing to step down since november's elections. the u.n. and foreign leaders of one hand to hand over power to his arrival. -- to his rival. he can rely on the backing of these people -- supporters who belong to a group of young patriots. earlier there were calls -- calls for self-defense units to step up and protect themselves. there order to block u.n. peacekeepers. >> i am asking all the youth of the ivory coast to organized militias. the u.n. says the ivory coast is at risk of relapsing into civil war. >> clashes between security forces and armed groups have caused civilian casualties. i urge the forces to stop the violence. >> the elections were supposed to bring peace to ivory coast. instead, residents are now fleeing for their lives as the political stalemate continues. >> the number of people confirmed to have died in new zealand falling tuesday but the earthquake has got to wonder 23. some are still missing. the violent aftershocks are hampering efforts for rescue workers trying to recover bodies. i asked the mayor of christ churc
Feb 28, 2011 5:00am EST
tells us, the u-n is partnering with world leaders...trying to figure out a way to push him out of libya...before the ---------------------------- -------------------------------- --------ecretary of state around the world in geneva.rom their mission is to discuss a response to the mounting humanitarian crisis in libya. weeks of death toll is mounting...and has claimed somewhere around one-thousand victims.mussab says: "these militia and these troopers they come from qaddafi. they shoot these people by heavy guns."angry libyans took out their frustrations on a &pábillboardá of leader muammar al-qaddafi.and on sunday...wwst of tripoli... hhndreds of protesters stood on top of anti-aircraft gunn and armored vehicles...waving banners and flags....chanting against qaddafi.a number of countries have been evacuating foreignerssby air aad sea. north says: "i feel sad for the people that are left. and i mean the libyan people that are invvlved in this. it's a tragedy."in maata... planes full of evacuees touch down. it's been a tough time ffr these people....picked up by the brittsh military an
Feb 25, 2011 4:30am EST
ground. today, the u.n. security council will consider sanctions against libya. this morning, the rebellion is quickly moving from east to west in libya. major coastal cities are now controlled by rebel forces. as gadhafi opponents set their sights on the capital, tripoli. michael herzenberg is in washington. michael, what's the latest there in tripoli? >> well, moammar gadhafi's latest attempt to cling to power reportedly includes cash, food assistance, and salary increases. it's not clear if that will be enough to satisfy angry protesters gaining ground. anti-government protesters danced in the streets of benghazi, a city now in their hands. >> we are finally -- >> reporter: the opposition is said to be in control of much of eastern libya, but further west the battle against ruler moammar gadhafi rages on. his security forces are striking back at demonstrators as they closed in on the capital of tripoli. in a phone call to state tv thursday, gadhafi blamed the revolt on osama bin laden and accused protesters of being hopped up on drugs. tens of thousands of foreigners are t
Feb 9, 2011 5:00am EST
gbagbo is still clinging to power. the u.n. and african union say this man, is the recognized president but right now is living under u.n. protection in this hotel. but tensions are running high, and the u.n. peace keepers often bear the brunt of mr. gbagbo's supporters. the international community is now trying to apply international pressure on the regime. >> they must be applied fully and take some time to work but they will be effective. >> when african leaders met for a summit last month, the ivory coast crisis was high on the agenda, but there was little agreement on how to end it. but despite the outside pressure, the quack mire continues. two men claim to be president in a place that saw civil war less than a year ago. >> this is "bbc world news." the headlines this hour. the united states puts further pressure on president mubarak of egypt to stand down in the near future and protests continue. >> the key oil city of kirkuk had blasts to killed. this camera man was ok. in italy pressure is intensifying on the battle of prime minister. prosecutors say they'll be requesting the t
Feb 28, 2011 7:00am EST
. >> the international -- is trying to coordinate its response. after the latest in u. n. security council resolution there appears to be a solid platform for action. >> opposes sanctions against the libyan authorities, striking down with an arms embargo and freezing the assets of its leaders while reforming the ongoing violent oppression to the international criminal courts. >> and the heart of tripoli, but at that big government argues in part it is fighting a battle against the west -- the gaddafi government. >> they want the libyan oil. the magic word. i am heard a journalist you heard many times before and you have seen it in action before. oil. and what not mind these western powers a change in the libyan government's, but ouil is the main target. >> but the internal opposition to colonel gaddafi appears to be growing in strength in confidence. in benghazi in the east, local committees are being set up. but members of the council haven't yet been elected, said the spokesman, but it will be the face of the revolution. and these are the latest picture from zawiya to the west of tripoli. the contr
Feb 27, 2011 6:30pm EST
. the u.n. security council voted to freeze this family's assets and said his government should be investigated for war crimes. secretary of state hillary clinton left sunday for a meeting of the u.n. human rights council in geneva and as she was leaving she said to reporters the u.s. is going to begin reaching out to libyans who are organizing in the east. traveling in egypt senators joe lieberman and john mccain called for tougher action. >> we think that there should be a no fly zone established over tripoli, libya. we think that there should be a provisional government set up in libya that we would support. >> reporter: but gadaffi remains defiant. in an interview he claimed the libyan people still support him. his son blames the media for exaggerating the unrest. >> the point is there is a big, big gap between reality and the media reports. >> reporter: and with all the uncertainty in libya evacuations continue. a british warship returned sunday for more stranded foreigners. hundreds of americans have fled libya in the last few days. scott goldberg for cbs news, new york. >
Feb 25, 2011 7:00pm EST
of the u.n. general assembly to suspend libya from the u.n. human rights council. and that could happen as early as tuesday. >> we'll see if gadhafi's still in business then. thanks very much, lisa. i'm wolf blitzer in "the situation room." "john king, usa" starts right now. >> thanks, wolf. and good evening, everyone. this will be remembered as a busy and a pivotal day in the political crisis in libya. as anti-government protests intensified and reached deep into the capital of tripoli, moammar gadhafi defiantly vowed to hold power. >> translator: we can destroy any assault with the people's will, with the armed people, and when it is necessary the weapons depots will be open to all the libyan people to be armed. all the libyan tribes. and then libya will become a red fire. libya will become an ember. >> but anti-gadhafi protesters, well, they're equally defiant, using friday prayers as a rallying point for major marches across the country. and those marches went from east to west. we had them over here in benghazi. check out this image here. anti-government protesters now in control o
Feb 26, 2011 11:00pm EST
. >> a unanimous vote on saturday night by the u.n. security council sent a strong message to muammar gaddafi. >> when atrocities are committed against in a sense, we must speak with one voice. today, it has. >> after a series of emergency meetings on saturday, all 60 members voted for stiff sanctions against gaddafi. the decisive move follows two weeks of violence. >> the international community will not tolerate violence of any sort. >> the council also agreed to refer the regime's deadly crackdown on protesters to a international court. the actions by the united nations, just hours after the white house issued a statement. president obama said, "when a leader's only means of staying in power is to use violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to role and must leave now." after stern words from the u.s. and international community, the world waits to see out gaddafi response. >> our coverage of the unrest in libya continues on our website, you'll find a slide show of photographs as well as video of the clashes. people are descending on madison, wisconsin, to pr
Feb 7, 2011 2:00am EST
good effects of persuading the americans in the late summer of 2002 to go quite -- go down the u.n. route which could easily have been -- that was my hope, nobody else's -- easily have resulted in a full compliance by saddam hussein with these u.n. obligations, at which point our own involvement in any military action would have been become completely impossible. >> [overlapping speakers] >> i think the americans wouldn't have been able to pursue that, either. >> [inaudible] -- what mr. blair said to us on the 21st of january this thing was going down the track to regime change. do you recollect these exchanges? and this note? and what he said to the president on the 3rd of december? as arguing for a strategy of regime change? arguing for building up a strategy, working toward regime change in iraq? >> i didn't see it as the british prime minister arguing for regime change. >> so why do you write a note about it? >> well, he gave you evidence. you have to ask him that question. >> well, that's what i've tried to do is to describe the context as i saw it in which he was talking to p
Feb 18, 2011 1:00pm EST
with fraud, corruption with a tremendous amount of problems. we see the u.n. bring people over here who have diplomatic immunity who have been caught in the business of spying against america, want to harm us. we see in the u.n. an organization that is in their human rights commission is populated by countries that are basically run by terrorist organizations. mr. chairman, it's time to take a solid stand against our supporting against this kind of organization, by giving our taxpayers hard-earned money in taxpayer dollars to an organization that i believe is not in the best interest of america. mr. chairman i personally would like to see us get out of the u.n. and get the u.n. out of the u.s., but we cannot do that today, but what we can do in this continuing resolution, we can deny taxpayer dollars being wasted on this organization and so thus, i have the amendment to stop the united states paying dues to the united nationses. i think it's in our best interest to do so. it's in our best interest of the taxpayer of america to prevent wasting their hard-earned taxpayer dollars on funding the
Feb 21, 2011 5:00pm EST
skeptical, but not soon after that he delivered. it was an extraordinarily undiplomatic moment. the deputy u.n. ambassador from libya denouncing the leader of his own country, moammar gadhafi. >> we come to the conclusion that it is in fact a declaration of war against the libyan people. the regime of gadhafi has already started the genocide against the libyan people for quite some time, from the 15th of january >> reporter: envoy was backed up in the lobby of the libyan mission by a dozen other libyan staff members. the deputy ambassador says he isn't worried about his own fate. his team is more concerned about the libyan people under attack inside libya. >> we are expecting genocide in tripoli so we are calling on the united nations to impose a non-flight zone in all the cities. so to cut off all supplies of arms and materials to the regime. >> reporter: an extremely surreal site in the shad office one of the many portraits of moammar gadhafi on a horse, his deputy in new york demanding the international criminal court investigate gadhafi for crimes against humanity. >> i call on all countri
Feb 25, 2011 5:00pm EST
, but witnesses report fierce clashes between security forces and protesters in the libyan capital. the u.n. began a meeting on this just a while ago. one u.n. official says gadhafi's crackdown is escalating, and thousands may have been killed or injured. our correspondents in libya across the region covering this breaking story as only cnn can. let's begin this hour though with more on -- more on the americans and the other evacuees who finally have arrived in malta in the mediterranean just a little while ago on that ferry boat from tripoli. cnn's ivan watson is joining us live from malta. what are the folks there saying, ivan? >> reporter: good evening, wolf. i want to introduce you to a woman who just arrived on this boat, a 26-year-old american writer of libyan descent. you just arrived with your family members. how do you feel after arriving here in malta after fleeing libya? >> i feel relieved to be off that boat for three days. i feel safer, but at the same time my heart is completely in libya right now. i feel totally torn. i feel for the people who are still there and who didn't get a ch
Feb 28, 2011 5:00pm EST
with the u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon. let's go to our white house correspondent ed henry. he's got the details. strong words emerging from the obama administration after this meeting, ed. >> do now the, would. you're absolutely right. the fact of the matter is secretary of state hillary clinton was in geneva earlier today saying the time for colonel gadhafi to go is now, in her words, without further violence or delay and then you did have this huge meeting here at the white house. president obama sitting down behind closed doors with the u.n. secretary-general just days after both the u.s. and the u.n. moved forward with sanctions to try to squeeze the regime in libya, and during this white house meeting interesting that the interview you mentioned with colonel gadhafi emerged. the details in the somewhat rambling interview calling on the u.n. and other officials to come in and inspect the country insisting there were no war crimes, insisting he had not committed any violence against his own people so the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice came out and addressed repo
Feb 3, 2011 2:00am EST
down the u.n. route, which could easily -- that was my hope and everybody else has come easily have resulted in a full compliance by saddam hussein with these u.n. obligations at which point our involvement in the any military involvement would've been impossible. >> i like to come unto the u.n. route in a minute. what mr. blair said to us on the 21st of january was that this thing was going down a track to regime change. do you recollect these exchanges and this note and what he said to the president on the third of december is arguing for a strategy of regime change, arguing for building of a strategy, working towards regime change in iraq? >> i didn't see the british prime minister on his fourth regime change. that was not. >> the way to write a note about it? >> he give you evidence. you have to ask him that question. but what i've tried to do is to describe the context if i thought it and which he was talking to president bush. and as i've said, if there had been some means by which saddam could have been replaced by a democratic card without military action, so much the better
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Feb 28, 2011 3:00pm EST
with u.n. secretary moon that just finished. as you might expect, significant portion of that meeting was devoted to discussing the situation in libya. the u.n. has played a positive and very important role in efforts to end the blood shed there and to hold the caitiff regime accountable and support the libyan people. indeed, in libya, the united nations is demonstrating the indispensible role it can play in advancing our interests and defending our values. we will congress back to libya in a few minutes but first a read out of the president's meeting with the secretary-general of the u.n. the president and the secretary-general discussed the situation elsewhere in the middle east and the situation elsewhere including expression of concern of escalation of violence in other countries and the need to enable the president that was legitimately elected to assume responsibility governor governing and discussed the referendum that took place in southern sudan where the people overwhelmingly voted for independence. and they discussed the vital work that the u.n. and the international commun
Feb 11, 2011 11:00pm PST
as people gathered at the u.n. plaza to share egypt's new beginning. nbc's jean elie joins us near city hall. obviously celebration but perhaps also a little anxiety for what lies ahead, correct? >> reporter: raj, the people who came here to u.n. plaza to share their joy say they are aware there is lots of hard work ahead in egypt, but they say the egyptian people are more than ready. egyptians and their supporters dance and sing at u.n. plaza in san francisco. celebrating a new beginning for egypt. mohamed is in the middle of it all. >> it's a good moment for everybody, actually. a great moment for every movement in the world for people who want democracy. >> reporter: mohamed is bursting withgy, sometimes struggling to hold back tears. he says it's an emotional victory because there is so much suffering in egypt. >> most of their lives, injured, you look in their eyes that's why it's so emotional. >> reporter: supporters of the revolution chanted about being proud to be egyptians. with president mubarak gone, there is work ahead. a new government must be elected. bay area egyptians are eag
Feb 11, 2011 5:00pm PST
they are going to campaign for election. >> reporter: back live now at u.n. plaza, where a few dozen people have begun to gather. all excited about the prospect for a different future for egypt. mike mibach, ktvu. >>> celebrations began with a somber announcement from egypt's vice president. the president mubarak had left office. >> may god help us and guide us all. >> vice president omar suluman says egypt is now in the hands of military forces. he then said that army would not act as a institute to government acceptable to the people. he said the military will announce the next step for the region. >>> in hamas controlled gaza crowd staged a big show of solidarity with egypt. in beirut, fireworks and celebratory gathering erupted after the news. we're following the latest on air and online. just look for the egypt tab. >>> at uc berkeley now we learned today that baseball and men's gymnastic teams did not make the cut and will be eliminated. >> reporter: cal's baseball team just wrapped up one of their baseball teams, you can see there's a few players packing up for the evening. cal baseball p
Feb 26, 2011 5:00pm EST
nations estimates more than 1,000 people have died in the unrest. the u.n. security council is considering fresh sanctions against gadhafi and whether to refer gadhafi to the international court for alleged crimes against humanity. a live report from tripoli, again, just moments away here on cnn. >>> thousands of foreign nationals are fleeing libya as quickly as they can. the u.s. government has warned americans to depart immediately. those who can't book flights are leaving by ship. france, britain and turkey were among those who had hundreds of citizens getting out today. china has a very large population in libya. so far it has evacuated 12,000 chinese nationals from libya. >>> the unrest in libya is helping to cause unhappiness for many of us at the pump. gas is up an average of 17 cents a gallon just in the past week. analysts say the turmoil throughout the middle east is causing crude oil and fuel prices to rise, and they worry increasing energy prices will hinder the u.s. economic recovery. >>> congress could soon have a deal to avoid a government shutdown. at least for another two
Feb 27, 2011 10:00am EST
. but the u.n. secretary-general ban ki moon, after that body's security council voted 15-0, to impose sanctions of its own on libya and the gadhafi family, thomas. >> mike viqueira at the white house. mike, thank you. >>> protesters in wisconsin are facing a deadline today. capitol police say they have to be cleared out of the state house by 4:00 p.m. they have been camped out there in protest of the governor's plans to cut the benefits and bargaining power of public unions in the state. the governor's proposal is making waves nationwide. hundreds of union supporters gathered in atlanta, georgia in solidarity with wisconsin workers. in philadelphia protesters gathered at love park, carrying signs supporting unions in wisconsin and in their home state. and the crowd was also in the hundreds on the steps of boston's state house on saturday. >>> supporters of the tea party are wrapping up a three-day policy summit in arizona today. the event drew thousands of conservative voters in an effort to keep the pressure on washington to cut the budget and shrink the size of government. >> the te
Feb 22, 2011 5:00am EST
agency. on monday, a u.n. secretary general ban ki moon called to stop the attacks on the anti-government protesters. gadhafi emerged on tuesday to counter rumors he'd fled to venezuela. >> i want to have some rest because i was talking to the young man. and i want to stay the night with them but then it started raining. i wanted to show them i'm in tripoli, not venezuela, don't believe those dogs in the media. >> ben wedeman is now inside eastern libya. the the first western tv journalist to gain access to the country since the protests began. here's his report. >> reporter: what we've seen is obviously the eastern part of the country is in open revolt. and it seems under the full control at this point of the anti-gadhafi forces. as we drove from the egyptian border, we saw that there are large groups of men with weapons. they're dressed in civilian clothing. they're basically local people who are trying to maintain some sort of control, some sort of security in this part of the country. they're obviously very worried that the central government forces will try to reassert the
Feb 27, 2011 1:00am EST
the gadhafi regime. >> the u.n. security council approved a draft resolution to impose new sanctions about gadhafi's government. president barack obama says that gadhafi has lott the right to lead libya and needs to step down. >> gadhafi has defiantly stood his ground since mass protests erupted two weeks ago. vowing to stay in power by force if necessary. true to his word, mercenaries gunned down countless demonstrators. more than 1,000 people have died. >> a former justice minister has emerged as a key opposition leader to lead an interim government. >> cnn's senior international correspondent nic robertson is in tripoli. nic, the opposition has picked a leader. is there a real sense that anyone in is charge? >> there's certainly a sense here in tripoli that they're talking about talking with the opposition and when i asked, well, what have you agreed on? they say they've agreed on one point and that is that libya should just be one country, that it shouldn't be divided. but we've also heard that the opposition has said that they're not aware of these talks, so there's some confusion abo
Feb 27, 2011 4:00am EST
a strong message to gadhafi. the u.n. security council unanimously approved a resolution to slap libya with sanctions for its crackdown on protesters. >> jill, we're talking about sanctions here that actually have teeth not just gesture politics here, actual sanctions that say there are consequences for those associated with this regim regime. >> what it includes is arms embargo, asset freezes, travel bans on moammar gadhafi and on his associates and as the u.s. ambassador to the united nations susan rice said this will send a message directly to the libyan leade leader. here's what she said. >> tonight, the security council has come to condemn the violence, pursue accountability and adopt biding sanctions, targeting libya's repenting leadership. this is a clear warning to the libyan government that it must stop the killing. those who slaughter civilians will be held personally accountable. the international community will not tolerate violence of any sort against the libyan people by their government or security forces. >> and secretary of state hillary clinton has signed an order rev
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